Give a child a camera…

As you’ll no doubt be aware…early 2015 I’m returning to Uganda to work with Eden Orphan School, deep in the countryside of Western Uganda.

I’ll be staying at the school, teaching the children photography, providing them with 35mm cameras and getting them to shoot images of their daily life.
Those photographs will then be developed and be presented to the children in albums. An exhibition of their work will be shown in the UK during late 2015, raising the profile of the school and the good work that Ronald the headteacher is carrying out.

I’m returning to the school with 35mm cameras, a couple of used digital cameras (for the teachers) a secondhand laptop and other materials to help progress the project.

As well as the photographic project, I will also be taking out some valuable materials for the school. Items include pencils, pens, exercise books, educational books, sports equipment, maps etc

Funding is already in place to proceed with the first stage of this project, however as always, extra funding will help to purchase some wooden benches and chalk boards for the class rooms (purchased while I’m at the school)

I have decided to stay at the school & I can honestly say I’m blown away by the local community who are getting ready for my arrival. They are building a small brick room for my stay (wow!!) The picture attached shows the staff and local guardians of the children helping to build this. It was taken two days ago by Ronald.

Thank you to all of you so far who have provided donations for the project, helping to make my vision a reality. You are honestly making a huge impact on the children of this area.
The project isn’t about poverty or highlighting what they do and do not have, it is about giving time, believe and education, culminating in a body of work from the children that will hopefully demonstrate above all else human dignity.

If you would like to become involved I would be only too happy to send you some further information.

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About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit www.julianclaxtonphotography.com
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